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Aug 15 2020

Global Warming Did In the Woolly Rhinoceros

Global warming has been a menace to the planet for longer than some realize. Current Biology says it may have killed off the woolly rhinoceros:

Although overhunting led to the demise of some prehistoric megafauna after the last ice age, a new study found that the extinction of the woolly rhinoceros may have been caused by climate change. By sequencing ancient DNA from 14 woolly rhinos, researchers found that their population remained stable and diverse until only a few thousand years before it disappeared from Siberia, when temperatures likely rose too high.

Forgive the cynicism, but it seems that obtaining funding on any scientific topic may be easier if you can link it to the perils of global warming.

However, most species find it easier to adapt to warmth than cold. Life is more abundant at the equator than the poles.

Tyrannosaurus Rex — who likely perished of the cold — could not be reached for comment on the demise of the woolly rhino by global cooling.

On a tip from Lyle.

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